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Aisslinn Nosky was in our studios for a conversation with host Michael Wolch, Plus we were treated to a little Bach on her violin.

Aisslinn Nosky’s reputation as one of Canada’s foremost violinists certainly preceded her 2017 debut with the MCO. She was, after all, a member of the exceptional Tafelmusik Baroque Ensemble before focusing on her solo career, which has taken so many interesting directions.

Recognized as one of today’s top baroque violinists, Aisslinn Nosky is also immediately recognizable for her stylish red locks. A fan of Metallica, a player of the banjolele (a cross between the banjo and the ukulele), and a champion of contemporary music, Aisslinn reminds the world that the Baroque ain’t broke.

Spellbound audiences at that concert now also know her as a crack orchestra leader, and she’s back in October to play-conduct more megahits of the Baroque era.

Among them is Handel’s Water Music suite, composed in 1717 to satisfy King George I’s request for a soundtrack to accompany his gallivants by royal barge down the Thames. Apparently George was so pleased with the effervescent piece that he decreed that the musicians, tailing him in another boat, play it on repeat while he drifted towards his destination in Chelsea. Unpopular though this German-born king may have been with his English subjects, we imagine the strains of Handel inspiring hundreds of London’s shopkeepers to leave their stores for the embankment to admire this most baroque scene.

With dazzling works by Vivaldi, Haydn, and composer-cum-troubadour Glenn Buhr also on the program, our October concert is guaranteed to be truly baroque ‘n’ roll!.